'Allowable' in the Bible
And behold, a man was there with one withered hand. And they said to Him, Is it lawful or allowable to cure people on the Sabbath days? -- "that they might accuse Him.
How much better and of more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful and allowable to do good on the Sabbath days.
Give us your judgement therefore: is it allowable for us to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?"
So they came to Him. "Rabbi," they said, "we know that you are a truthful man and you do not fear any one; for you do not recognize human distinctions, but teach God's way truly. Is it allowable to pay poll-tax to Caesar, or not?
This led Jesus to ask the lawyers and Pharisees, "Is it allowable to cure people on the Sabbath?"
Is it allowable to pay a tax to Caesar, or not?"
Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things). Everything is lawful for me, but I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power.
Everything is allowable, but not everything is profitable. Everything is allowable, but everything does not build others up.